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    Posted December 25, 2012 by
    Orlando, Florida
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    Gun control debate: Background checks

    Wolves & sheep

    I'm a liberal democrat. I voted for President Obama, both times. I am a retired Police Officer, and an owner of assault rifles for personal protection.

    I strongly believe there is a need for these weapons. I also feel their should be tight regulations regarding who owns them. Tighter than there are now.

    If riots break out, if a disaster leaves us without law enforcement protection for hours/days, or if police aren't able to respond for 15, 25 or 40 minutes, I feel better knowing I have the tools to defend myself.

    I've seen good people use AR's for protection in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Neighborhoods were kept safe from looters by personal friends of mine who lived in Homestead, FL. They were well armed with AR's.

    I've seen law abiding citizens use them during the Rodney King riots to protect themselves and their property.

    I've heard many arguments, but for me it's simple. You are either a predator, or you are the prey. Some predators are villians, some predators are protectors. Prey often die.

    When I was a law man, I was trained to use AR's. I'm a retired protector. I'm the guy whose house you go running to if bad things happen and police are not around.

    Some will say that only bad things can happen if you add more guns to the mix. My reponse to them is- There already are more guns in the mix.

    During an active shooter situation, if you are not armed, you are in trouble. Many people would rather take their chances instead of carrying a weapon. They would rather hide then fight. They would rather beg for mercy, than fight. If that's your position, fine. More power to you. I would rather go out standing up, fighting back, then to go out on my knees, begging for mercy.

    You will never be able to get rid of assault rifles. You can start a war on them, but just like the (WAR ON DRUGS), it will likely fail, and bad guys will have superior weapons than the good guys. It's that simple.

    My rifles are locked away in a safe. They are very secure.
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